ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The most historic season in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men's tennis history came to an end with a 5-1 loss to No. 4 ranked Washington University on Friday in St. Louis.
The Fightin' Engineers finished 20-9 overall and won their third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Confrerence Tournament championship this season. Rose-Hulman advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third consecutive year and also picked up its first NCAA win in program history by a 5-4 count over Wheaton (Ill.) on Thursday.
Rose-Hulman also tied its single-season school record for wins with a 20-9 overall record. The Fightin' Engineers achieved a 20-win season against one of the nation's toughest schedules, with one loss to an NCAA Division I foe, two losses to nationally ranked NCAA Division II teams, and five losses to nationally ranked NCAA Division III teams.
Against Washington University on Friday, seniors Georges Adam and Brandon Benedict provided the day's victory with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. Adam and Benedict finished 2-0 in the NCAA Division III Tournament, proving their status as one of the nation's top doubles team by beating squads ranked No. 1 (Wheaton) and No. 4 (Wash. U.) in the NCAA Central Region.
Washington University improved to 17-4 as the top seed in the five-team regional being held in St. Louis. The Fightin' Engineers graduate Adam, Benedict and Joe Kendall from the most successful three-year run in tournament history, but will return an experienced lineup in 2018.